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Crested Barbet

Crested Barbet
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-11-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-02-24 2:15
Viewed: 312
Points: 18
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The Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii) ('trachys'=rough, 'phone'=voice, sound') is a sub-Saharan bird in the Lybiidae family. Its specific name commemorates François Levaillant, a famed French naturalist.

With its thick bill and very colourful plumage the Crested Barbet is unmistakable. This small bird has a speckled yellow and red face with a small black crest. The belly is yellow with red speckles, wings are black with white specks and it has a broad black band on its neck. Yellow head and body with black and white feathers, red markings on end of body, its colour blends well in the bush. They have a distinct trill.

The Crested Barbet feeds on insects, other birds' eggs and fruits and sometimes mice.

They nest in a hole in a tree or a log in a suburban garden. They are monogamous and territorial during breeding. Territory size varies according to their habitat. One to five eggs are laid at daily intervals between September to December. Incubation lasts between 13 and 17 days, beginning with the second or third egg and mainly by the female. The young hatch naked and blind. They are fed insects by both parents. Faecal material is removed regularly. They fledge after about 31 days. Up to five broods have been recorded in a breeding season.

They are found singly or in pairs. They like to bounce around on the ground looking for food, they usually call from a branch out in the open. They do not fly easily and then only for short distances. Crested Barbets roost in holes in trees. They are very vocal, the call being a trill that can continue for long periods. Crested barbets are aggressive towards other birds in their territory and chase off both nest competitors such as other barbets and other birds such as doves and thrushes. They have also been recorded to have attacked rats and killed snakes.

It is found in forests, savannah, suburban gardens, woodland thickets and watercourses in countries south of the Sahara.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-02-24 2:39]

Hi Peter,difficult location but great light,so it's too easy to take the best details despite the distance,a great capture of this crested barbet,i like the bright colors,useful post as usual. Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Even common in our area (Johannesburg) too. Beautiful colourful bird. Well captured with good with good details and exposure.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Peter,
Very nice and spectacular shot of a bird species I've never heard of. Effective composition and superb sharpness on the plumage, while the afternoon (?) lights give special atmosphere to the image. Great photo, valuable post! Congratulations!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

I think this is the first appearance of this Barbet here on TN, Peter.
The picture gives a clear impression of this bird's features.

super mooi Peter
lekker in het zonnetje zitten kletsen lijkt het zo aan zijn keel te zien
pracht kleuren en mooi van scherpte gr lou

Hello Peter,
This is a wonderful, colorful bird. Very nice details and good focus as usual.
Interesting capture not often seen.

Nice colorful bird.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-02-25 1:57]


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2019-03-03 6:26]

Dag Peter,

Leuke vogel. Heb hem veel gezien in Gambia. Prachtige kleuren en een mooie natuurlijke setting.


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